A 3,000-year-old wheel was just found at ancient site in Britain

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A 3,000-Year-Old Wheel Was Just Found At Ancient Site In Britain

The biggest and the most well-preserved wheel from the Bronze Age has been discovered in Great Britain.

The artifact was unearthed at Must Farm, a site that's commonly referred to as "Peterborough's Pompeii," due to its archaeological significance.

Made of wood and around three feet in diameter, the wheel was preserved by silt—and even its hub is still intact.

Chief Executive of Historic England, Duncan Wilson, said, "This remarkable but fragile wooden wheel is the earliest complete example ever found in Britain. The existence of this wheel expands our understanding of Late Bronze Age technology and the level of sophistication of the lives of people living on the edge of the Fens 3,000 years ago."

Must Farm is the site of multiple wooden roundhouses which are considered the best-preserved Bronze Age domestic structures in Britain.

The wheel itself was discovered near the largest roundhouse yet uncovered.

The houses and much of their contents fell into a leisurely-paced river filled with silt following a massive fire some 3,000 years ago. The lack of speed and abundance of silt in the river assured their preservation.

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